How to spot a scammer: ‘A scammer is a person who deceives someone to obtain something they don’t need’

An Adelaide woman who claimed she was the victim of a scam has been charged with defrauding her husband, who has autism, the ABC understands.

The Adelaide woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police her husband had autism and she had been tricked into signing a contract.

“I felt he had a disability and I wasn’t prepared to sign a contract,” she said.

“He had autism, so I thought he could handle the paperwork.”

The documents said I needed to pay $5,000 a month, and that wasn’t true.

“In the statement to police, the woman said her husband’s disability made it difficult for him to sign.”

It was quite hard for him, he couldn’t speak very well, he had trouble reading and writing,” she told the court.”

There was a lot of red tape.

“Police charged the woman with fraud, breach of trust and fraud over $5000.

Police were called to the woman’s home in Adelaide’s south-east after receiving a complaint from a family friend.

She has been granted bail to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on February 24.